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ISBN13: 9780226500621
ISBN10: 0226500624
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On August 5, 1949, a crew of fifteen of the United States Forest Service's elite airborne firefighters, the Smokejumpers, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness. Two hours after their jump, all but three of these men were dead or mortally burned. Haunted by these deaths for forty years, Norman Maclean puts back together the scattered pieces of the Mann Gulch tragedy.

Young Men and Fire won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992.

Review:

"A magnificent drama of writing, a tragedy that pays tribute to the dead and offers rescue to the living....Maclean's search for the truth, which becomes an exploration of his own mortality, is more compelling even than his journey into the heart of the fire. His description of the conflagration terrifies, but it is his battle with words, his effort to turn the story of the 13 men into tragedy that makes this book a classic." New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, Best Books of 1992

Review:

"A treasure: part detective story, part western, part tragedy, part elegy and wholly eloquent ghost story in which the dead and the living join ranks cheerfully, if sometimes eerily, in a search for truth and the rest it brings." Joseph Coates, Chicago Tribune

Review:

"An astonishing book. In compelling language, both homely and elegant, Young Men and Fire miraculously combines a fascinating primer on fires and firefighting, a powerful, breathtakingly real reconstruction of a tragedy, and a meditation on writing, grief and human character....Maclean's last book will stir your heart and haunt your memory." USA Today

Review:

"Beautiful....A dark American idyll of which the language can be proud." Robert M. Adams, The New York Review of Books

Review:

"Young Men and Fire is redolent of Melville. Just as the reader of Moby Dick comes to comprehend the monstrous entirety of the great white whale, so the reader of Young Men and Fire goes into the heart of the great red fire and comes out thoroughly informed. Don't hesitate to take the plunge." Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Young Men and Fire is a somber and poetic retelling of a tragic event. It is the pinnacle of smokejumping literature and a classic work of 20th-century nonfiction." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Maclean is always with the brave young dead....They could not have found a storyteller with a better claim to represent their honor....A great book." James R. Kincaid, New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Norman Maclean (1902-1990), woodsman, scholar, teacher, and storyteller, grew up in the Western Rocky Mountains of Montana and worked for many years in logging camps and for the United States Forestry Service before beginning his academic career. He was the William Rainey Harper Professor of English at the University of Chicago until 1973.

Table of Contents

Biographical Note

Publisher's Note

Black Ghost

Young Men and Fire

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Maps of Gates of the Mountains and western Montana

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Anna R, August 30, 2010 (view all comments by Anna R)
I've read this book twice and both times became mesmerized and pulled into the lives of people who died so long ago. Unfinished at the time of Maclean's death (Author of "A River Runs Through it"), there is no way to tell where Maclean leaves off and the publisher finishes. This true story of the Mann Creek Fire in Montana leaves you haunted by the men who died and the fire fighting compendium that came from this accident. Highly recommended to everybody.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226500621
Author:
MacLean, Norman
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Trees
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Fire fighters
Subject:
Forests & Forestry
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Forest fires
Subject:
Smokejumpers.
Subject:
Smokejumpers -- United States.
Subject:
Trees & Forests
Subject:
Trees & Forests - General
Subject:
United States Officials and employees.
Subject:
Plants - Trees
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
2643
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
316
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Product details 316 pages University of Chicago Press - English 9780226500621 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A magnificent drama of writing, a tragedy that pays tribute to the dead and offers rescue to the living....Maclean's search for the truth, which becomes an exploration of his own mortality, is more compelling even than his journey into the heart of the fire. His description of the conflagration terrifies, but it is his battle with words, his effort to turn the story of the 13 men into tragedy that makes this book a classic."
"Review" by , "A treasure: part detective story, part western, part tragedy, part elegy and wholly eloquent ghost story in which the dead and the living join ranks cheerfully, if sometimes eerily, in a search for truth and the rest it brings."
"Review" by , "An astonishing book. In compelling language, both homely and elegant, Young Men and Fire miraculously combines a fascinating primer on fires and firefighting, a powerful, breathtakingly real reconstruction of a tragedy, and a meditation on writing, grief and human character....Maclean's last book will stir your heart and haunt your memory."
"Review" by , "Beautiful....A dark American idyll of which the language can be proud."
"Review" by , "Young Men and Fire is redolent of Melville. Just as the reader of Moby Dick comes to comprehend the monstrous entirety of the great white whale, so the reader of Young Men and Fire goes into the heart of the great red fire and comes out thoroughly informed. Don't hesitate to take the plunge."
"Review" by , "Young Men and Fire is a somber and poetic retelling of a tragic event. It is the pinnacle of smokejumping literature and a classic work of 20th-century nonfiction."
"Review" by , "Maclean is always with the brave young dead....They could not have found a storyteller with a better claim to represent their honor....A great book."
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